Sacred and Sweet: Mama Baby Yoga {part 1 of 2}

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When Jess Helle-Morrissey gave birth to twin boys in January 2011, she stepped not only onto the path of motherhood, but also onto a new career path. Now a birth doula, childbirth educator, prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, the psychotherapist lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. “My life path changed pretty dramatically after I became a mama,” Jess says. One thing that kept her grounded through those early days of parenting twins and redirecting her career? Yoga--with her infant boys. With advanced degrees in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Social Work, Jess is nearing … [Read more...]

Who’s the Swaddle Expert at Your Home?

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Earlier this week, FitPregnancy posted a story about the right way to swaddle. When I shared it on the Mamahhh facebook page, moms weighed in right away! No surprise there: Moms and babies both seem to have strong opinions about being snuggled up this way: “My first HATED being swaddled. He had to have his arms FREE and would fight until they were ... the nurses thought it was so odd.  My second loved it!” ~ Kasondra from Texas "It was the only thing that soothed him!" ~ Katie from Ohio “It was a miracle worker for our baby! My husband became a professional baby-swaddler :D haha” ~ … [Read more...]

The Day You Were Born

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Happy birthday to me! It’s the anniversary of the day my mother birthed me. I hope you'll indulge me this little shout-out for me—and for my mom, especially! I’m sharing this not for the sake of more birthday wishes (although I’ll gladly accept them!), but because I want to ask you this: Do you know the story of your own birth? At a recent Blooma Prenatal Yoga teacher training I attended, we began our session by sharing the stories of our births. The stories were amazing: We spoke of mothers in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s who were courageous in advocating for their birth choices. … [Read more...]

Better Brain for Baby? Try the Mommy Mind Meld!

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In her new book Parenting for Peace, early childhood development specialist Dr. Marcy Axness offers us this idea and this challenge: What would it take to raise a generation of peacemakers? The simple answer is that it requires we practice peace ourselves, in front of and with our children. And if you’ve ever lost your mind and been angry with your child after a sleepless night, or the thousandth “mommy can I…” or, well, just because, then you know that the simple answer isn’t an easy one! I’ve about decided that every parenting book I’ve appreciated comes down to one thing: Practice … [Read more...]

Marcy Axness: Parenting for Peace

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I can’t say enough how much I loved the sessions at last weekend’s Trust Birth 2012 conference here in Nashville! Being around women who are passionate about birth and parenting was so energizing. I’m looking forward to sharing what I heard about newborns’ awareness from Karen Strange, natural ways to ease perinatal mood disorders from Deanna Hlywka, ND, how Gloria LeMay sees language color our impressions of birth, the wonders Gena Kirby works with a rebozo during pregnancy and labor, and what biomechanist Katy Bowman says those pesky Kegels are doing to your pelvic floor. But first up, … [Read more...]